D.L. Mayfield

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What up, 2012?

When I am in a better frame of mind I will prolly do a 2011 recap. Because it was a banner year, and there is something deliciously spiritual in remembering all the graces that have happened to us.  

But as for right now, as I wallow in the post-Christmas sickness for yet another day, I will keep it short.

I wrote this piece for Relevant.com, so I must now adhere to it.

I am going to start slow, and take the month of January off Facebook. Depending on how the month goes, I will assess and see if I can delete it permanently or need to hold on to it for emergencies. The most important bit is this: will I be able to fill that time with good things? Because that is what I am really after.


One of the good things I want in the year 2012 is good books. As usual, I am starting strong (my shelves are filed to bursting right now, as is my head) and I hope I can keep it up. Here is what I have started/plan to start reading this break:

Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness by Alexandra Fuller (who wrote Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight, one of my all-time favorite memoirs about her growing up in Africa).

The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion. Sharp as a tack, intensly moving memoir about grieving.

The Irrational Season by Madeline L'Engle. L'Engle writes about her struggles being a mother, wife, and professional woman, all the while talking spirituality. Need I say more?

These are the top three. I have a smattering of backups, including some YA fantasy literature (Hugo) and a feel-good book about a dog (oogie). Plus, I bought an awesome book for the hubs for Christmas and can't wait to get my hands on it (The King Jesus Gospel by Scot McKnight).

So here's to getting our brains back in gear, moving and shifting and sorting and questioning. And here's to the Spirit being the one to do all the answers, as we rest and wait and hope in Him.



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